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How do I repair the seat recliner for a 1998 Dodge Ram Quad cab

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Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  vipertech763 replied 9 years ago.

Good evening,

The only repair is replacement, Here is the step by step process to remove and replace the seat recliner per the service manual.



  1. Remove seat back.
  2. Disengage J-straps at base of seat back and roll seat back cover upward to access rubber bellows push-in fasteners

    NOTE: Notice the routing of the recliner cable for installation.

  3. Remove the push-in fasteners attaching upper rubber bellows to the seat back frame.
  4. Remove rubber bellows.
  5. Remove seat dump handle, 2 - door "BE" vehicles only

    WARNING: Do not pull on upper recliner handle or recliner cable end. The recliner lead screw is spring loaded and will eject if either the handle or cable is pulled before the lead screw is removed.

  6. Remove the bolts attaching upper recliner to seat back frame.

Separate the recliner from the seat back.

Let me know if you need further help.